Commencement 2019

News Briefs


Virginia Wesleyan University hosted its annual luncheon to recognize members of The Lambuth M. and Alice A. Clarke Heritage Society, a special group of Virginia Wesleyan supporters who have chosen to include the University in their estate plans, on November 28, 2017 in the Pearce Hospitality Suite on the VWU campus. Alice Clarke, who along with her late husband, Lambuth, president of Virginia Wesleyan from 1966 to 1992, planted many of the "seeds" of Virginia Wesleyan's success, was in attendance at the event. One of the University’s signature establishments, the Heritage Society was formed many years ago by Wesleyan friends and family with the Clarkes among the inaugural founders. In 2016, VWU named the recognition society for the Clarkes, whose name has long stood for admirable values and extraordinary service. Other guests included Board of Trustees members Susan Goode, Deborah Paxson ’75 and Linda Thomas-Glover, as well as many other special friends of the institution. Guests had a special preview of this weekend’s forthcoming choral program, “A Wesleyan Christmas.” Bryson Mortensen, Director of Choral Music, led the Wesleyan Chorale in a series of holiday musical selections. Joanne Renn, who serves as Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and recently joined the Clarke Heritage Society, was recognized during the luncheon. Renn was selected in 2007 as Virginia Wesleyan University's first female athletic director and as the first female athletic director at a co-educational institution in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. This season marks her 25th year at VWU, where she oversees 22 intercollegiate sports programs and a staff of more than 55 coaches, administrators and support personnel. View photos from the Clarke Heritage Society Luncheon.